**With this year’s Six Nations still to resume, the Autumn Nations Cup to debut and a Lions tour on the horizon, squad depth is more important than ever this season.** \n\nThe opening two weeks of the Guinness PRO14 campaign have seen the 12 clubs afforded the rare luxury of having their international players in town. \n\nBut that’s going to end abruptly next week and directors of rugby from across the British Isles and Italy will need to utilise their squads fully. \n\nLuckily, a number of promising talents have stepped up to prove they can make a real difference in the first fortnight to show that the kids are alright. \n\n# Ryan Baird – Leinster \n\nLeinster have an embarrassment of riches in the second row, with James Ryan, Devin Toner and Scott Fardy all established internationals. \n\nBut Ryan Baird might just be the best of the lot so far this season and the 21-year-old already appears integral to the team, with two line-out steals from two games.